The caption at the top of this image follows the typical formula for honoring a martyr. Following common Muslim funerary epigraphy, the inscription opens with the basmalah (i.e., the words “bi-smi allahi al-rahman al-rahim,” or “in the name of God the merciful and compassionate”) and contains a quote from the Qu’ran (9:14), which reads: “qatiluhum, yu‘adhdhibuhum Allahu bi-aydikum wa-yukhzihim wa-yansurkum ‘alayhim; wa-yashfi sudura qawm al-mu’minin” (“fight them, God will make them suffer at your hands, sadden them and render you victorious against them; He will restore to health the hearts of faithful”). The inscription continues with the organization’s laudatory introduction for its deceased fighter, followed by his name and a description of the location and date of his death at the bottom. Here, the text reads: “taziffu harakat al-tahrir al-watani al-filastini (fatah) wa-kata’ib shuhada’ al-aqsa fi filastin shahidaha al-batal ‘alam ‘abd al-latif mustafa qunayri lladhi istashhada fi ma‘rakat al-difa‘ ‘an mukhayyam jinnin bi-ta’rikh 9/4/2002” (“the National Palestinian Movement of Liberation (Fatah) and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Palestine announces the passing of its shahid [martyr], the hero ‘Allam ‘Abd al-Latif Mustafa Qunayri who died as a martyr in battle defending Jenin refugee camp on 9 April 2002”).

Notably, the deceased fighter is superimposed on a picture of the holy site of the Dome of the Rock. While Muslims across sectarian lines share a reverence for many holy sites, some sites hold special significance for certain groups. For instance, the Dome of the Rock (located in Jerusalem) is recognized and revered by all Muslims, as it was built in 692 A.D. by the Umayyid caliph ‘Abd al-Malik on the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven in his mi‘raj (night journey). Indeed, it is considered the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and al-Madina. At the same time, the Dome of the Rock is a powerful symbol of Palestinian nationhood.

(Note: according to Fatah’s records, the deceased’s last name is Sayis and he was twenty-six at the time of death; there is no record of Qunayri.)

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Group Name Fatah (Harakat Tahrir Filastin aka Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini) - Kata'ib shuahada' al-aqsa aka al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (AMB)
Group Type nationalist
Group Affiliation Political / Missionary / Charity / Cyber-Media organizations (not overtly involved in the initiation of real world attacks)
Dominant Colors White, Black
Secondary Colors Blue, Red
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
09/04/2002Visual and textual reference to the death of AMB operative `Allam `Abd al-Latif Mustafa Qunayri
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans
Image Number 0190
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47
Weapon Analysis With bayonet
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Fatah logo - green map of Israel/Palestine, two crossed weapons held by two fists coming out of two Palestinian flags; and Kata'ib Shuhada' al-Aqsa (al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade) logo - Dome of the Rock flanked by two crossed AK47s nestling a grenade and two Palestinian flags; at the bottom appears the group's name and over the top in an arch a quote from the Qur'an (9:14)
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Fatah/AMB deceased operative `Allam `Abd al-Latif Mustafa Qunayri
Religious Textual References Quranic Text, Quranic Citations, Basmala
Religious Symbols Holy Site
Religious Symbols Analysis Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque
Flora Trees / Shrubs
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Domed mosque and holy site

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